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Pocono IndyCar: Marco Andretti fastest in first practice

Marco Andretti, Andretti, Pocono IndyCar 2013Marco Andretti kicked off IndyCar's return to Pocono by setting the fastest time in opening practice.

Andretti set the pace with a 221.883mph average on just his third lap, and the time stood for the remainder of the hour-long session.

Tony Kanaan came closest to matching the Andretti Autosport driver, but his 220.819mph effort for KV was still a mile per hour down on Andretti's time.

Ganassi's Charlie Kimball was best of the Hondas in third, with Simon Pagenaud vaulting up to fourth-fastest with his final flying lap.

Current points leader Helio Castroneves rounded out the top five.

A mostly uneventful session was interrupted just once when Will Power's car stopped at Turn 2 with a suspected electrical problem.

Only 23 cars ran as Panther's Ryan Briscoe is skipping practice and qualifying day due to his American Le Mans Series commitments at Lime Rock.

With the teams having spent a full day testing at the track on Thursday, the morning session marked the final opportunity to fine-tune cars before qualifying takes place later on Saturday.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time      Gap
 1.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   40.5620s
 2.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         40.7573s  +0.1953s
 3.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    40.7825s  +0.2205s
 4.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    40.8671s  +0.3051s
 5.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     40.8685s  +0.3065s
 6.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    40.8688s  +0.3068s
 7.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       40.8832s  +0.3212s
 8.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     40.9543s  +0.3923s
 9.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   40.9551s  +0.3931s
10.  Alex Tagliani        Herta/Honda      40.9600s  +0.3980s
11.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   40.9794s  +0.4174s
12.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    40.9906s  +0.4286s
13.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   41.0031s  +0.4411s
14.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         41.0787s  +0.5167s
15.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     41.0870s  +0.5250s
16.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    41.1757s  +0.6137s
17.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     41.2025s  +0.6405s
18.  Pippa Mann           Coyne/Honda      41.2425s  +0.6805s
19.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  41.2841s  +0.7221s
20.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     41.3188s  +0.7568s
21.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      41.3470s  +0.7850s
22.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      41.4317s  +0.8697s
23.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      41.4646s  +0.9026s

All drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis
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